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2013 Chevrolet Malibu

By Marty Padgett, Editorial Director Modified: August 20, 2012 at 11:32 am •  Published: August 18, 2012

Front-seat passengers will find excellent supportive seats in the Malibu, and a wealth of places to stash smartphones, change, cables, and other carry-on items. The back seat suffers the shorter wheelbase: there's less knee and head room than in most competitors, and the cushion is low and short, making it more suitable for small adults and children. The trunk is large on gas-only models; Eco sedans lose a couple of cubic feet to their battery pack.

Safety scores have been top-notch, with the Malibu earning the NHTSA's five-star ranking and the IIHS' Top Safety Pick. Ten airbags are standard, and so is Bluetooth, while a rearview camera is also standard on most models. Lane-departure warning and forward-collision warning systems are options.

The Malibu's connectivity features aren't the most exotic in class, but they do bridge the most important smartphone functions with the sedan's audio system. Chevy’s MyLink software lets drivers stream Internet radio apps through the stereo, or listen to podcasts through Bluetooth streaming, though text-to-voice functions common on other systems aren't included.

Pricing starts from $23,150, a substantial markup over some base vehicles in the class with similar standard features. The Eco version is priced from $25,995, and turbo Malibu sedans will be priced from $27,710. All prices include destination charges.